Tea has been intensively studied over the years and it has been proven to be a beneficial elixir. There’s no need to go hunting for a fountain of youth when you have tea. But, before you start chugging tea, make sure your tea is really tea. Real tea is derived from Camellia sinensis and comes in just four varieties: Green, black, white, and oolong. Other teas, like herbal teas, are an infusion of an entirely different plant and are quite different. Herbal teas are made from the roots, leaves, flowers, and other parts of a variety of plants. The health benefits of drinking tea are numerous.
Researchers ascribe the health benefits of drinking tea to phytochemicals and a type of antioxidant called polyphenols. While the majority of studies are focused on green and black teas, white and oolong do offer plenty of benefits as well.
Read on to find out about the health benefits of drinking tea, plus how to make CBD hemp stem tea.
Potential Benefits of Drinking Tea
Speeds Up Metabolism
The polyphenols in black, oolong, and green tea have been shown to increase the amount of calories your body burns and reduce body fat. In addition, tea increases brown fat, which is more metabolically active and it can actually increase calorie expenditure and improve metabolism.
Green tea is one of the best for improved metabolism, as it contains bioactive substances, such as caffeine and EGCG (the main antioxidant in tea), which can increase metabolism. Compounds in green tea increase hormone levels that tell fat cells to break down fatty tissue. This causes the fat to enter the bloodstream, where it becomes available as energy.
Fighting inflammation is as easy as drinking a cup of green tea. Tea has antioxidants, known as catechins, that reduce inflammation. Green tea contains EGCG, an incredibly powerful type of catechin. Other teas produce anti-inflammatory effects as well, but green tea offers the most benefit.
To reap the most anti-inflammatory benefits of drinking tea, enjoy a cup of CBD hemp tea made with green tea.
May Prevent Certain Cancers
The antioxidants found in tea may help protect against certain cancers, including: Breast, colon, skin, lung, digestive tract, prostate, ovarian, and oral cancers. That being said, you shouldn’t rely solely on tea to stay healthy. Tea is not a cure. While the majority of studies suggest tea has cancer-fighting properties, the research available is mixed.
Helps Fight Free Radicals
One of the big benefits of drinking tea is that it helps fight free radicals. Tea has a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), which means it helps kill free radicals, which can damage DNA. Our bodies are designed to do this on its own, but it’s not completely effective. And, because damage from free radicals has been linked to different types of cancer, heart disease, and central nervous system diseases (such as Alzheimer’s), it’s important to drink your tea.
May Protect Against UV Rays
Another one of the benefits of drinking tea is that tea may provide protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays. As you likely know, it’s very important to limit exposure to UV rays. You’ve probably had a sunburn before and know the damage it can do. The good news? All you need is a cup of tea. Green tea may serve as a type of sunscreen.
Helps With Diabetes
Tea may be beneficial to those with Type 2 Diabetes. Studies suggest long-term consumption of catechins from tea can prove beneficial against obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as reduce risk of coronary disease.
Improves Bone Health
Green tea has been found to increase the percentage of fat-free mass, bone mineral density, and bone strength. This is due to the polyphenols found in green tea.
One of the greatest health benefits of drinking tea is that it can relieve stress and anxiety. The act of taking a moment of calm to slow down and prepare a cup of tea can help you feel more relaxed.
The type of tea you choose can also have an effect on stress. One of the main reasons tea is such a stress-reliever is the presence of L-Theanine, an amino acid that balances your mood.
Green tea is one of the best sources of this amino acid. It also contains many antioxidants, including flavonoid epicatechin, which protects your brain against oxidative damage, which in turn helps fight the adverse effects of stress on your body and can also improve cognitive function.
How to Make CBD Hemp Stem Tea
Ready to make your own tea and reap the benefits?
Save your CBD hemp stems, get some green or black tea, and get ready to make some stem tea.
• ¼ – ½ cup ground CBD hemp stems
• 3 cups water
• Green or black tea, in a tea bag
• Coffee filter or large tea bag
• ¼ cup ground hemp (optional)
• Binding agen
CBD is not water-soluble, so it is unable to be absorbed by water without a source of fat being added. Without a binding agent, you will be left with hemp-flavored water.
For a binding agent, you can use one of the following:
• 2-3 T alcohol (any)
• ½ cup milk
• ½ T coconut oil
• ½ T butter
Grind up the CBD hemp stems and put them in a large tea bag. Include the optional extra hemp if you’re using it.
Fill up a saucepan with the three cups of water and the binding agent (not alcohol). Bring mix to a boil.
Once the mix has come to a boil, add the CBD hemp stems. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove mixture from heat. If you’re using alcohol for the binding agent, include it now.
Remove the stems, add in the green or black tea bag, and let the tea cool to sipping temperature. Remove the other tea bag when ready and enjoy!
For an extra boost of CBD, add a Rēl Hemp CBD tincture to the tea.
Now, you’re ready to have a virtual tea party with friends!
For centuries, tea has been the focal point of many social gatherings. Unfortunately, many people today think of drinking tea as something done by older ladies in a garden. It’s time for this old stereotype to fade out. The truth is, sharing some CBD hemp tea with friends is one of the best ways to relieve stress and catch up. Drink it hot, iced, or mixed with CBD tincture for a refreshing mocktail.
There are many health benefits of drinking tea, from speeding up your metabolism, to fighting cancer and relieving stress. Drinking tea can improve your physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. Next time you’re wondering what you should drink, go for a cup of tea – especially CBD hemp tea!